HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. (MERCER ATHLETICS) – The Mercer women's basketball team placed three players in double figures to extend its winning streak to seven games with a 77-67 road victory over Northern Kentucky on Monday evening at The Bank of Kentucky Center.
Mercer's (13-7, 7-2 A-Sun) seven-game winning streak is its longest since ripping off eight in a row during the 2002-03 season while its five-straight road wins are tied for the most since 1985.
Sophomore Precious Bridges scored a team-high 20 points, including 16 in the second half, to extend her personal streak of 20 or more points up to seven-straight contests.
Junior Kendra Grant poured in 19 points while sophomore Alicia Williams chipped in with 14 points, on 6-for-11 shooting from the field, to help the Orange and Black score 70 or more points for the fourth-straight game.
Traditionally it has been Mercer who has started games quickly this season, but Northern Kentucky controlled the pace of play for the first 10 minutes of the contest. A lay-in by sophomore Melody Doss made the score 12-8 in favor of the home team with 10:30 remaining in the first half.
The Bears got things together soon after, however, ripping off a 9-0 run capped by a jumper by sophomore Tabitha Bradshaw to give Mercer 17-12 lead with 9:25 left in the first half.
The Orange and black continued to step up offensively, using four points by Williams over the last 2:30 of the half to take a 32-25 lead going into the locker room.
Grant single-handedly widened Mercer's lead coming out of intermission, scoring 10 points in first four minutes of play to put the Bears ahead 42-30 with 16:35 remaining in the second half.
The Norse hung around, however, using a three-pointer by senior Jamie Hamlet to pull within six, at 59-53, with 5:10 left in the game.
The Orange and Black proved to be too much at the end though executing set plays, grabbing offensive rebounds and hitting clutch free throws to secure the win.
Junior Sharnea Boykin had 10 assists compared to just one turnover while sophomore Teanna Robinson had seven rebounds and four blocks in the win.
Mercer is back in action when it returns home on February 2 to take on in-state rival Kennesaw State. Game time is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Hawkins Arena.